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  • Blog Post: Upcoming West Region Events

    App Madness Student Challenge Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps...
  • Blog Post: Making $30,000 a Month with Windows 8 Apps

    Kevin Ashley is my colleague, so I don’t think he’ll mind that I reposted from his blog . I think it’s a great story…Hopefully he won’t retire soon! Kevin is an Architectural Evangelist on the West Region Developer & Platform Evangelism team and is based out of our...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Accellos Adds Windows 8 Apps for Line of Business

    Accellos , a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, talks about their release of AccellosOne Mobile , a new series of mobile line of business applications for smartphones and tablets that provides real time access to key supply chain information. CTO Ross Elliott and Software...
  • Blog Post: Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL

    So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing

    Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions on August 15. “Release to Manufacturing” means product development and testing of the product is complete and have started handing off the...
  • Blog Post: Build Windows 8 Apps in 30 Days

    The release of Windows 8 is on the horizon, and soon millions of people will be looking for Windows 8 apps . Now’s the time to make sure your app is ready for them. Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 Metro style app. Get started at www.generationapp.com and receive: ...
  • Blog Post: Providing cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications

    My colleague Bruno Teralky has begun a series of blog posts on how you can integrate your cloud service with Windows 8 Metro application. His first post in the series, How to provide cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications , provides the architecture and the concepts of how applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Release Candidates Now Available

    Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download . Windows has made also available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8 blog for the official announcement by Steven Sinofsky. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview bits here . ...
  • Blog Post: 3500 Code Samples at Your Fingertips

    Code samples are developers’ favorite asset. In partnership with MSDN Samples Gallery team, we just released a new Sample Browser applications - a new way for developers to search, download and enjoy 3500 code samples at their fingertips . The 3500 code samples are from MSDN Samples Gallery...
  • Blog Post: Startups Invited to Windows 8 Event in Silicon Valley

    Are you interested in experiencing the next great app platform opportunity, Windows 8? Do you want to learn how to get started building apps for this new platform? We are inviting the Silicon Valley startup community to a full-day, knockout, deep dive event taking place on our Silicon Valley Campus...
  • Blog Post: Change the World with Kinect for Windows Coming in February

    Microsoft announced that new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1. The announcement was made at Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World . Kinect for Windows will be available in 12 countries (United States...
  • Blog Post: See Keynotes for BUILD Windows Conference Streamed at http://buildwindows.com

    View the BUILD Windows Conference keynotes. Links to the streamed keynotes will be posted to http://www.buildwindows.com/ shortly before the event. The future of computing is here and On September 13th at //build/ in Anaheim, CA we will be taking a look at what the future holds as we discuss the details...
  • Blog Post: ‘B8’ Blog Explores Features Coming in Windows 8

    Steven Sinofsky , President of Windows and Windows Live Division, has been writing about features coming to Windows 8 in his Building Windows 8 blog. He explains, “Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 RC Available for Download

    The release candidate for Silverlight 5 is now available to developers on the Silverlight developer site. You can get the release itself and additional details on Silverlight Downloads . About Silverlight 5 Silverlight delivers the richest set of capabilities available to developers today through...
  • Blog Post: PC Celebrates 30 Years Today

    Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, wrote a blog post on Wednesday looking back on the past 30 years of personal computing. The IBM 5150 personal computer was unveiled August 12, thirty years ago. In the post, The IBM PC is 30 Years Old – And...
  • Blog Post: BUILD Windows Conference Sells Out, Watch B8 Blog for Details

    If you haven’t registered for BUILD Windows Conference in Anaheim, CA, watch the B8 blog for details. BUILD is September 13-16. Microsoft will be announcing the developer strategy for Windows 8 at the BUILD Windows conference. BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Goes Native with Show for C++ Developers

    C9::GoingNative is a monthly show on Channel 9 focused on native development with an emphasis on C++. It’s brought to you by Charles Torre (C9), Diego Dagum (C++) and Tony Goodhew (VS). The goal is to provide entertainment, education, conversations with native developers across the company and...
  • Blog Post: Early-Bird Discounts Available Through August 1 for BUILD Windows Conference

    Register today to insure you receive the best discount for Microsoft BUILD Windows conference in Anaheim, CA September 13-16. Early registration discounts are available through August 1. Academic and group discounts are also available on the BUILD Windows registration page. The formal agenda has...
  • Blog Post: Video Shows New Windows 8 Features

    This week, Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unveils Windows 8

    Microsoft Corp. showed hardware partners the next version of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” to help the partners build devices that take advantage of the new user experience. As part of this technical preview, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 Goes Beta with Video, 3D Enhancements, XAML Debugging

    Microsoft announced at MIX the immediate availability of the beta for Microsoft Silverlight 5 , which provides advances in rich media and application development. New capabilities include Hardware Video Decode, for enhanced video quality and performance, and “Trickplay,” which provides...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Provides Guidance for Standards-based Web, Plug-ins, Silverlight

    In a blog post on the Silverlight developer blog, Microsoft provides guidance around developer choices for standards-based Web, plug-ins, and Silverlight. The post, entitled Standards-based web, plug-ins, and Silverlight , describes the role of plug-ins in general, and Silverlight in particular, in...
  • Blog Post: No Cameras in Next Generation Surface

    The next generation Microsoft Surface experience features PixelSense technology, which gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras. People can share, collaborate, and explore together using a large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen...
  • Blog Post: Next Version of Windows to Support ‘System on a Chip’ Architecture

    Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Intel and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs on the x86 architecture that fully support Windows, including...
  • Blog Post: One Year After Windows 7 – 240 Million Sold

    The Windows 7 Team Blog reports today that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold . Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications...
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